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In August, we launched Google Assignments, an add-on application for your school’s learning management system, to general availability as a core service for all G Suite for Education schools. Assignments brings together the capabilities of Google Docs, Drive, and Search into a new tool for collecting and grading student work. It helps you save time with streamlined assignment workflows, ensure student work is authentic with originality reports, and give constructive feedback with comment banks. Even better, Assignments has a special integration with Canvas, allowing you to easily distribute and grade classwork—saving you time and increasing collaboration.

Here’s the top five things to know about Assignments: 

1. Google + Canvas = better together

With the new Google Assignments LTI integration in Canvas, it's easier than ever for students to navigate between both platforms, submit assignments, collaborate with classmates, and take ownership of their learning anywhere, on any device. For more information about the benefits of this integration and how to add it to your Canvas account, visit the Canvas community.

2. Assignments: Your tireless grading companion

Assignments streamlines the creation and management of coursework and tackles some of your biggest frustrations.

  • Comment and leave suggestions on student work with Google Docs.
  • Save frequently used feedback in the comment bank to save time, instead of typing the same phrases over and over.  
  • Assign files with the option to send each student a copy (no more copy machines!).
  • Grade assignments for an entire class with a student switcher and rubrics, and review any file type without leaving your grading interface.
  • Instructors and students can attach anything to assignments: Docs or Word files for papers, spreadsheets for data analysis, slides for presentations, sites for digital portfolios or final projects, Colab notebooks for programming exercises, and much more. 
  • Automatically manage document permissions to ensure students aren’t editing after submissions.

3. Originality reports 

With originality reports in Assignments, you can check student work for missed citations and possible plagiarism without interrupting your grading workflow. Originality reports check students’ text against hundreds of billions of web pages and over 40 million books. And for schools with G Suite Enterprise for Education, teachers will be able to detect potential plagiarism not only from web pages, but between students.

If you enable originality reports on an assignment, students can also check their work for authenticity (a limited number of times) to correct issues, turn in their best work, and save instructors grading time. Both you and your students can see originality reports; they’re designed to help you teach your students about authenticity and academic integrity. 

4. Your favorite Google tools, in one easy-to-use place

Simplify assignment management with user-friendly productivity tools, including Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Drive integrated within Canvas. Students can safely turn in Google Drive files, and instructors can give dynamic feedback. Teachers can automatically create and distribute personalized copies of project documents for each student to edit and submit or set up Google Drive folders for a whole class. 

5. Secure by design

Google is committed to building products that help protect student and teacher privacy and provide best-in-class security for your institution. Assignments is secure by design and built to the same best practices as the rest of our suite of tools, so you can rely on privacy and data security for your educators and students. Google never assumes ownership of your data—that belongs to your organization. And because Assignments is built for learning, it meets rigorous educational compliance standards, including:

  • Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
  • Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)
  • Student Privacy Pledge introduced by the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) and the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA)

Learn more about Assignments at our session, Grading and Collaboration Made Easy With Google Assignments, during CanvasCon 2020.

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